Latex allergies are an allergy to a protein in natural rubber latex, which comes from the sap of rubber trees. Synthetic latex doesn’t contain this protein, so even people with allergies to latex can use it worry-free. However, if you have a latex allergy, you know all too well that a lot of day-to-day materials contain natural latex. One of the many places you need to think about is the dentist office!
At many offices, latex is everywhere – from gloves to tubing, you can even inhale the protein from the gloves that are lined with powder! Symptoms of this allergy can include things like skin reactions (itching, redness, rashes, hives), itchy nose, throat or eyes, and even difficulty breathing (runny nose, sneezing, coughing, wheezing). If you’re one of the rare cases with a severe enough allergy, you can even experience a dangerous systemic reaction which could be life-threatening.
The good news for you is that although Madison Family Dental does carry some latex items, we are well aware of these types of allergies and keep natural latex usage to a minimum.
However, we ask that if you know you have an allergy or suspect you might, please let us know upon your arrival into the office so we can make sure you will not come in contact with any natural latex!